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Donating Your Dress

by | Bridal Fashion, Bride


I’ve been searching since I started Polka Dot Bride for a place brides can donate their wedding dress after the wedding (for other ideas on what to do with your wedding gown after the wedding view my After The Wedding post).

Sadly in Australia we haven’t had access to great charities like the Brides Against Breast Cancer organisation in the USA, however a few weeks ago a new option appeared.

The Salvation Army stores (otherwise known as Salvos Stores) have set up a bridal department in their Victorian Abbotsford store which is located at 81 Victoria Crescent Abbotsford, VIC 3067 or available by phone (03) 9419 7410

If you’re looking to donate or sell your gown, or perhaps wanting a cheaper, second hand option for yourself, a number of websites will sell your gowns for you.

I Do Gowns buys and sells a range of wedding attire including bridesmaids frocks. They’ll also list your wedding gown for as long as it takes to sell.

Your Wedding Wardrobe buys and sells second hand wedding gowns. Including some couture. Your dress can be listed for as long as it takes to sell.

Other websites will buy & sell classifieds include Wedding Central, Bride Online, Easy Weddings and Smart Bride

If you’re aware of any other charities or foundations that sell or allow brides to donate second hand wedding gowns, please leave a comment!

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Peony Melbourne

by | Bride, Hair and Beauty


With a wedding being such a sensory experience, a wedding day fragrance is something brides can take very seriously. The perfume you wear on your wedding day can remind you of it for years to come!

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Peony Melbourne Boutique Perfumery

Last week I stumbled across Peony Melbourne. Peony Melbourne is a boutique perfumery which stocks a large range of exquisite Australian, French and other international perfumes.

Peony Melbourne offers a special consulting service just for brides. Held in the Peony Melbourne store, brides work with a consultant and Peony Melbourne’s online database of fragrances (using the Michael Edwards fragrances of the world database which lists all perfumes currently available).

By understanding what scent the bride wears regularly and what she would like on her wedding day, The consultant will work with you to come up with a selection of fragrances for you to sample and experience over a week.  Once you have selected your wedding day fragrance, Peony Melbourne can help you choose a complementary fragrance for the Groom (a wedding day surprise perhaps?)

Peony Melbourne can also help you with the fragrance of your wedding venue. They can help you choose the right candles and accessories so that the mood you’d love is created by smell.

For true perfume lovers, Peony Melbourne holds regular perfume workshops at the boutique Lyall Hotel in South Yarra. Each workshop allows you to explore the science behind perfumes and learn about what makes a perfume evoke your senses!

Peony Melbourne is located at 107 Auburn Road, Hawthorn. You can reach them via phone on 03 9882 0662 or visit their website.

Win Tickets To The Melbourne Bride Expo!

by | Bride, Competitions


the 2009 melbourne bride wedding expo Win Tickets To The Melbourne Bride Expo!

Bride Magazine is hosting their annual Melbourne Bride Expo on June 13 & 14th.

Held at the Melbourne Convention Centre, the Melbourne Bride Expo will showcase over 100 exhibitors including bridal couturiers, photographers, stationers, florists, cake artists, makeup artists, cars and venues.

A fashion parade full of gowns from designers like Mariana Hardwick, Baccini & Hill and Gwendolynne will run three times a day.

There are great prizes up for grabs including a $3500 Izaro wedding gown and a $5000 Phuket Honeymoon

I have two double passes to the Melbourne Bride expo to give away. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite wedding movie and why you love it!

Competition closes 4th of June 2009, 5pm EST. Entry open to Australian residents only.

For everyone waiting for the results of our Rock Your Frock competition, the winner will be announced as soon as humanley possible! Due to the unpredictable filming schedule of Project Runway Australia, our attempts have kept getting delayed!

Snapshot Sunday – Blue Moon

by | Bride, Photography, Snapshot Sundays


There is something purely beautiful about this photo captured by Jonathan Wherrett. The vivid blue, the newlyweds Holly and Ben (see more here) only just visible at the end of the pier. How magical!

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Photo by Jonathan Wherrett

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